Nobu Hotel at Caesars Palace - The VegasTripping Review 2013
Checking Out Wasaaabi In The Seafood Tower
It's no secret here at VegasTripping that Caesars Palace, once a bain amongst readers and editors alike year after year, has been on something of an uptick. With the debut of the gorgeous and modern Octavius Tower, a new buffet, and the creation of the Laurel Collection, Jay Sarno's first masterpiece (come on Grandissimo come out already, Daddy has summer reading needs!) has proven that it can not just be another stale luxury player on the Strip.
Following successes, Caesars finally did something with what can be considered one of its oldest and most obsolete towers, the Centurian. Combined with the Roman Tower (which has been updated) these rooms composed 50% of the reason why we considered Caesars to be Worst Value year after year here at VT. The result? The Nobu Hotel, an experiment which builds on the Asian fusion cuisine successes of its namesake restaurant headed by Chef Nobu Matsuhisha. Do the beds stack up to the haute sushi rolls served around the world? There's only one way to find out!
This wasn't the first time I've attempted to stay at Nobu, repeatedly thwarted by a host unwilling to move me to a room that was cheaper than previously offered Octavius. On the second attempt I managed to score a Nobu Deluxe King via Vegas.com for $149 per night. Of note, this was cheaper than what Caesars' websites quoted, and therefore falls under their Best Rate Guarantee program. As of now I've submitted the paperwork for the stay, and we'll see if they honor the rate.
Room booked, I arrived via my favorite entrance, the Augustus Valet directly across from Via Nord (Bellagio's North Valet) off Flamingo. After the usual fumbling luggage and tipping staff, I was off to check in but it should be noted, unlike any other Diamond check in, Nobu guests must navigate the casino to the Nobu lobby, a small space adjacent to Cleopatra's "Gossy Room" Barge. Once there, check in is quick and efficient, and I was informed that being Diamond I was bumped to a 2pm checkout. (Pay attention for later, there may be a quiz.) Gaining my RFID keys I was also taught about another quirk of Nobu.